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3 - An Analysis of Pottery from the Brahmaputra Valley (7th-15th Centuries CE)

Saturday, July 7
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Rudraksha, Lower Ground Floor

A systematic pottery classification study of the pottery from seven sites of the Brahmaputra Valley (North Eastern Region of India) belonging to the period of 7th-15th centuries CE has been done. The seven sites are Ambari , Bhaitbari, Garhdol (Sonitpur District of Tezpur), Kakojaan (Jorhat District of Assam), Paglatek (Goalpara District of Assam), Rajpat (Koch Behar District of West Bengal) and Suryapahar (Goalpara District of Assam). I have used comparative pottery analogies in a contiguous fluvial zone to understand the degree of variability within pottery forms, technology and decorations. The networks and linkages that exist in a connected geographical area usually aid in the transfer of ideas and knowledge. Within the economic sphere, the crafts and other production processes are influenced by this flow of information which is clearly manifested in the material cultures. Now, while engaging with this idea extreme caution has to be taken so as not to succumb to a cultural-historical analysis.


The overall emphasis in the existing literature seems to be on establishing the ‘continuity’ over long periods of time. Among the historical works the ‘Pre-Ahom Period’ (5th-13th centuries CE) remains largely neglected, both due to the lack of scholarly interest, and relative paucity of conventional sources. Most archaeological studies on this region encounter some serious problems related to disciplinary rigour with emphasis on description rather than analysis. So far no study has employed the principles of a systematic pottery classification which is essential to glean out all micro details from this source.

Preetee Sharma

Cotton University, India

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